This title is kind of an oxymoron. I am talking about the Delphi of modern times. Pronounced (del-fee) it was our first stop on what Greece has to offer. It didn’t disappoint. Also see Ancient Delphi
I arrived in Athens and spent one night before moving on to Delphi (I’ll speak about this in a later post) But on to the next day – I was hurting…. didn’t sleep well, jet lagged, a little sick yet against all that, spirits are running high. The bus ride to Delphi wasn’t too bad. I met a very nice knowledgeable Californian who told me how she had been coming here for the past 23 years. She spoke Greek and did a great job explaining some of her favourite spots in Athens and the islands.
The bus ride was approx three hours. I arrived, (again) still hurting, but had enough wits to get off at the second stop at the top of the hill. The bus driver explained to walk down this path and my hotel was on the left. Well left turned out to mean right. So really, I walked down a path, down a hill, back up a hill and to my hotel.
However, all was cured when I took in this view:
Delphi is located on the south-western edge of Mount Parnassus. Over looking the town of Itea and across the bay, Galaxidi. There are three main streets that run through Delphi: Lets call them upper, middle & lower. Most of the locals seem to live above the upper. All the shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels are along the middle, called: Vasileo n Paviou & Friderikis. Mostly houses on the lower. At night though, the real charisma of the town takes over as the mountains turn in to dark silhouettes, the cafes and restaurants turn up the music and the arches over the streets are lit up. The night air is warm, and oddly enough for the elevation, no strong breeze.
I ate dinner at the agora cafe the first night. The food was good, maybe for Greece you always expect over the top, this was just good and the service was friendly. English explanations on the menu helped I had chicken stuffed with ham and rice. But what I really wanted was to see that view while we ate. Naturally, I ended the night with a little ice cream.
After all day at the ruins, the next night I went the quick and dirty route. Pita souvlaki and some kababs on upper street. This was again, just good. What through me off though was he put fries in the pita. Not sure how traditional that is but hey…it was good all the same. Naturally, I ended the night with a little ice cream.
Now just want to share a few things:
Delphi has charm and romance outside the ruins. It was impossible for me to not hangout on my hotel balcony and just stare. A permanent thought bubble above my head. Caption: I can’t believe I’m here seeing this.